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Merino Wool Facts 5-8

The production of merino wool is a sensitive issue. That is why we want to address problems and show solutions. We know that merino wool can be produced in harmony with nature and animals. We do that together with our partner Schoeller Spinning Group from Lake Constance.

Merino Fact 5

FACT (BAD NEWS)

In Europe, because of the low market price, wool is no longer sorted according to quality. The quality standard and the amount of spinnable wool is insufficient for production. ROTAUF therefore has to source its organic merino wool from South America.

Merino Fact 5

FACT (GOOD NEWS)

In South America, the density of farms with organic animal husbandry is very high. Unfortunately also far away. In order to keep the transport distances below 18,000 km, ROTAUF imports the wool directly to Europe for the further processing steps. For comparison: for "big" brands with merino wool from New Zealand, the transport distance is over 40,000 km.

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FACT (BAD NEWS)

The transport route for ROTAUF merino wool is less than 18,000 km and is therefore half as long as that of the competition. Even so, that's still too much.

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FACT (GOOD NEWS)

ROTAUF participates in projects to produce merino wool in Switzerland and Europe. In order to achieve the required quality for the clothing production, a much higher market price has to be paid for the merino wool. In this way, the local farmers can cover their costs and local production of merino wool is possible! The first ROTAUF products with Swiss merino wool will hit the market next year.

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FACT (BAD NEWS)

Merino sheep are often kept in extremely large herds of over 10,000 animals. This leads to enormous density stress and diseases are transmitted very easily. Therefore, drug treatments are often necessary.

Merino Fact 7

FACT (GOOD NEWS)

With controlled organic animal husbandry, the sheep are kept in small herds and graze on spacious pastures. In this way, there is no density stress for the animals and diseases spread less often. Conclusion: The sheep need less medication and are healthier overall.

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